Saturday, March 27, 2010

Snake Bit!

Hello Stanford Golf Fans!

A quick note to check in and update you on our recent trip this past week to the Callaway Collegiate Match Play event at the Dove Mountain Resort in Tucson. The team was coming off their winter quarter finals but still hoping for the best as we went down to experience the same course the WGA Accenture Match play was held on a month earlier. What a venue! Very demanding and beautiful! We won our first match against Indiana but it was a battle from there losing the next three matches in tight competition. Here is a picture of the guys during the practice round ...



There were some highlights that should be mentioned ... Freshman Steven Kearney played like a champ all week. He was one bad swing away from going 4-0 in his matches and he really did well considering it was only his second event of the year. Senior captain Joseph Bramlett also played well and was impressive in his final match, winning strongly.

All in all, it was one of those weeks that we will chalk up to experience and learn from. It is clear that Match Play is a very different format, and one that we will need to improve in, to have a chance to win another title. The picture below is how we felt all week ... Snake Bit! However, the beauty about this game is that you never know what you are going to get ... maybe next week at ASU we will return to the winners circle. Go Cardinal!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Here We Come!

Hello Everybody!

It has been a few months since I last updated my blog so there is a bunch to share about the program.

The team is busy taking finals this week and is at the end of a very productive winter quarter. It was great to pick up our second win of the year in Hawaii at Mauni Lani Resort and kick off what hopefully turns out to be a great spring. A few weeks back the team finished 8th at the USC Collegiate Invite which a bit disappointing but there were some positives too. Senior Captain Joseph Bramlett worked his way back in the lineup and had a very solid showing for his first event in almost a year and a half. The team has reacted very well and we have put in a bunch of good work over the last few weeks looking forward to our next event, The Callaway Collegiate Match Play Tournament at Dove Mountain. This is the same course that the PGA Tour played on for the WGC Accenture Match Play Event. It looks to be a great test and eager to see how our guys perform in Tucson next week. If you are interested, on Wednesday, March 17th Golfweek TV will debut the Callaway Collegiate Match Play seeding show which will determine the first round matches. Please visit www.collegiatematchplay.com for more info.

Another exciting development is that we have recently received an exemption for the individual winner of the 42nd Annual US Intercollegiate at Stanford into the 2010 Reno-Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour. This is the only exemption of it's kind on the PGA Tour. This will add another wrinkle to an already important collegiate event for 20 teams that will be here to compete in the spring. Please come out to watch if you can. Also if you would like to find out more information on how to take part in the great festivities surrounding the Reno-Tahoe Open please visit, www.legendsrenotahoeopen.com.

Finally, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! We need you help for the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford April 11-13. Play will start at 9:00 AM on Holes 1 and 10 on Sunday and Monday, and at 7:30 AM on Tuesday. Our shifts will be about 2.5 hours each. We need to fill 12 scoring positions each day, 14 spotting positions, and 4 leaderboard updating positions. Drinks and snacks will be provided. This is a great opportunity to contribute to Stanford Golf, and to support the Stanford team and the other fine teams playing in the US Intercollegiate. And, as you know those who volunteer at Stanford golf events during the year will be invited to play in the Appreciation Event in late November. You may sign up by (1) filling in the times and dates you prefer on the boards in the Clubhouse hallway, or (2) by contacting Dan Wagner by email (DanWagner@AOL.COM, 650-949-0554).

Thanks for all of your support of Stanford Golf and hope to see you this spring! Go Cardinal!